LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL AND SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD (ESAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

August 9, 2016

 

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Guests:

Jane Abels

 

Susie Gordon, City of Fort Collins

Richard Alper

 

 

Jeremy Deuto

 

Staff :

Evelyn King

 

Doug Ryan

David Lehman

 

 

Martin Nelson

 

 

Joseph Wilson

 

 

 

Introduction of Members and Guests:

Those in attendance introduced themselves.

 

Discussion Items:

Fort Collins Recycling Center.   Susie Gordon, Environmental Program Manager with the City of Fort Collins provided an update on the City’s recycling drop-off center.  The center is moving to 1903 S. Timberline Road and is scheduled to open on August 22.  Two main points were emphasized for framing the discussion:

 

1)   The recycling center is moving from its present location

2)   A new section is being added to accept hard-to-recycle items.

 

The traditional items (source separated paper, cardboard, bottles, cans, and newspaper) can be dropped off with no charge seven days a week during daylight hours.  The new hard-to-recycle section will be open five days/week (Tuesday-Saturday), and will charge a gate fee of $5.00 as well as a separate charge based on the weight or volume of the specific items.

 

The City has a contract with Waste-Not Recycling as the vendor for the hard-to-recycle materials. 

 

The discussion with the Advisory Board included several policy issues such as the concept behind curbside co-mingled recycling along with a drop off center for source separated materials, the importance of economics and markets, and associated considerations such as transportation and hauling.

 

Wasteshed update & discussion.   Members of the solid waste committee provided an update on recent activities.  Jane Abels attended the Regional Wasteshed Planning Coalition Policy Advising Committee (PAC) on June 3.  Honore Depew facilitated the meeting with the elected officials.  The main topic of discussion was the ongoing public survey about what citizens want the solid waste management system to be in the future.  The next meeting will be held on August 26 to plan for a series of upcoming public forums to be held in Loveland, Fort Collins, Estes Park and Wellington.   Jane Abels will attend the Loveland session and report back at a later date.

 

Martin Nelson reviewed a draft version of the Regional Wasteshed Planning Study.  It was contracted through the Wasteshed Coalition to the R3 Consulting Group, Inc.  The report defines the existing ways solid waste is managed in the County, and describes potential options for future consideration.  Mr. Nelson indicated that the report was very thorough in scope.  He also felt that it appeared to favor the more complex solutions. 

 

Jim Gerek attended the recent Zero Waste conference in Fort Collins.  This was an all-day course presented by Gary Liss on behalf of Zero Waste USA.  Mr. Gerek was not available for the ESAB meeting, but did provide summary notes to the committee.  Richard Alper summarized those notes for the Advisory Board.  An excerpt is printed here: 

 

The Zero Waste concept is a simple one, pushing the thoughts of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle to their ultimate endpoint, such that no waste material is burned/incinerated, no waste is buried/landfilled, and no harmful emissions are released to the environment. Zero Waste pushes a thoughtful and systematic approach to review the operations of any event, company, or municipality to minimize waste levels to under 10%.  As you might expect there are many advantages, both economic and environmental to be reaped.  Entities (e.g., companies, cities) can become certified to the "Zero Waste" practice, by various consultants who are essentially "disciples" of the cause.  Colorado communities such as Boulder, Fort Collins, Summit County, and Telluride have officially adopted the philosophy.  (Note that Larimer County has not as of yet.)  Similarly well-known business have become certified, such as Anheuser Busch, New Belgium Brewing, Ricoh Electronics, and Subaru.  Gary Liss and his colleagues are active in putting together Zero Waste plans, and auditing facilities to see if they meet the 90% reduce, reuse, recycle goals.  In the training he provided practical examples and straightforward "management" system methodology that can be used. He discussed the various players around the world who have a hand in Zero Waste-like activities, and provided a lot of resources for further investigation.

 

A final version of the Regional Wasteshed Planning Study has now been released.  The ESAB solid waste committee has been asked to review that version and provide feedback for sections that may need clarification or special framing when presented for the upcoming public engagement forums.  That review will need to be completed before the August 26 PAC meeting.  Doug Ryan and Richard Alper will coordinate on the review and communications back to staff and elected officials. 

 

Approval of Minutes:

Minutes from the July 12, 2016 meeting were approved as presented.

 

Updates:  

Doug Ryan provide an update on the Health Department decision to spray for mosquitoes in Fort Collins in response to West Nile Virus risks.  A news release with a link showing the spray area is available at http://larimer.org/news/newsDetail.cfm?id=4315

 

Richard Alper does independent consulting work on conflict resolution.  He has offered his pro bono assistance to help facilitate the Wasteshed Coalition’s upcoming public forums. 

 

Joe Wilson announced that the Platte River Public Authority, where he works as General Counsel, has appointed Jason Frisbie as the new General Manager to replace outgoing GM Jackie Sargent.  Mr. Frisbie formerly served as the Chief Operating Officer.

 

Joe Wilson indicated that the new 30 megawatt solar array at the Rawhide Energy Station is nearing completion and should go online in the next 30-60 days.  The facility covers about 200 acres.  Advisory Board members indicated that they would be interested in touring both the power plant and solar facility at an appropriate time. 

 

Evelyn King noted that expansion of travel lanes on I-25 in the region is planned for the near future.  That expansion was anticipated as a part of the North I-25 Environmental Impact Statement.  In response to an informal inquiry, ESAB members indicated that they were confident that the EIS should be adequate to identify potential environmental issues even through it was completed about a decade ago.  Information about the EIS is available at https://www.codot.gov/projects/NorthI-25/project-history.html

 

ESAB Issue Index:

Doug Ryan will update the Issue Index related to the topics discussed at the meeting.

 

September Meeting Agenda:

September:  zoonosis, ozone air quality, solid waste update

October:  potential field trip to Rawhide Energy Station

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 7:50 PM